Vikas Khaladkar was in the fourth grade when he watched a charismatic eighth student named Farrokh Bulsara, better known on the campus as Freddie.
They were schoolmates at St. Peter's Boys School of Western India.
More than 50 years later, Khaladkar, justice of the Supreme Court of St. John, sat in a movie theater and watched Bohemian Rhapsody, the kinematic portrait of his old friend, the queen singer, Freddie Mercury.
"I thought it was very good," said Khaladkar. "I think the actor [Rami Malek]He entered well. I thought it was a pretty decent portrait of Freddie Mercury. "
The definition features were correct
While the movie took freedoms with various parts of the history of Mercury's life, there was an aspect that made Khaladkar think the boy he met at school again.
"You could not miss your teeth, right?" he laughed. "I had these toothbrushes that made it really unique, and they never did anything to them. When it grew, I guess it grew a bit, but they were bigger when it was smaller, but it was a surely distinctive feature."
You like to see it and comment on how many paths we have taken.– Vikas Khaladkar
Khaladkar remembers the Queen singer for her musicality and her willingness to share it. He lived on the second floor of the bedroom, overlooking the street. Khaladkar said that Mercury would be serenely girls as they passed.
"I would sing to them from there and I loved them," he said. "Freddie used to do this a lot".
The film focuses strongly on Mercury's relationship with his wife, Mary, through his rise to stardom and, finally, leaving as gay in private.
Different paths of San Pedro
It also touches its heritage: it was born in Zanzibar, which was later merged with the Tanganyika region of Khaladkar, now known as Tanzania. They were two boys from the same region, thousands of miles from home.
Most of his memories about Mercury come from those who share the same music teacher for a year.
"She used to get a new switch for lessons each day and if she made mistakes when she was making her piano, she would stick to the knots with a cane," he said. "Maybe Freddie was easier than me."
Mercury played in a band during his time at the school, along with Victory Rana, a Tibetan king who later became a commander in charge of the United Nations peacekeeping efforts in Cyprus in 1999.
While looking Bohemian Rhapsody, Khaladkar was beaten by the different routes that carried out his lives after leaving San Pedro.
"You like to look at it and observe to yourself how many paths we have taken and down, whether it is in charge of the forces in Cyprus or ending here in Newfoundland. It's amazing that we get where we come from."
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